Free drug disposal opportunity offered by Maury Regional Medical Center on October 24


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will offer the public an opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unused or unneeded prescription drugs on Saturday, October 24. This free drug take-back event will be held in front of the MRMC Medical Office Building at 1222 Trotwood Avenue in Columbia from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  

The event will feature a convenient drive-through disposal process. Social distancing and masking guidelines will be followed with staff members on hand to safely receive items from drivers in their vehicles. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

“This is an ideal opportunity for members of our community to rid their homes of any medication that is no longer needed in order to prevent those drugs from falling into the wrong hands and causing harm,” said MRMC Security Director Michael Johnson.  

The secure disposal of medication is important for a number of safety and health reasons. Medication should not be flushed down a toilet or tossed in the trash. In addition, medicines that are kept in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that most misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including medication stolen from home medicine cabinets.

The upcoming disposal event is for medications in pill or patch form only. The site cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Items should be in their original container if possible.

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